Any Synthetiks-related news, Davecat? (Aug 2008)

typed for your pleasure on 4 August 2008, at 5.34 pm

Sdtrk: ‘Did you expect the gods to tread lightly when they came among you’ by Caldera lakes

We have a metric ton of news to cover in this month’s instalment. A ton. Ready GO!

You’ve probably seen this already, but Kokoro Co. Ltd.’s winsome Actroid DER2-chan made her media debut recently; she was in an advert for an insect repellent/sunscreen spray for the Japanese manufacturer Kincho.

Titled “The Woman Who Doesn’t Rust,” the 15-second commercial spot shows Actroid outdoors at a campground, where she recommends using Preshower because, as a female, her skin is important. After a few squirts of the spray, she cheerily adds, “Surprisingly, I don’t rust.”
taken from Pink Tentacle

Her voice. It’s so cute.
Today, a 15-second telly advert; tomorrow, a major part in a feature film! Well done, babe!

Speaking of Gynoids, some bloke in Japan is trying his hand at building one himself. His project is called Maidroid, which immediately identifies two target markets he’s aiming for.

She won’t be a very good maid with only one arm

Of course, everything on his site is in Japanese, and I don’t have the kind of patience to Babelfish the entire page, so just do what I do — visit it, scroll towards the bottom, click on some links, stare at the pics, watch the videos, and nod approvingly.

This one submitted by la Gina Banina: the Art of Alex Sandwell Kliszynski. He’s got a theme going, much in the style of Mario A., Juergen Specht, and Low Tek Photography, as you’ll soon note.

Five points of articulation. That’s four more than a McFarlane figure

There’s not a tremendous amount of photos in the gallery, so hopefully Mr Kliszynski has more out there that he’s just not displayed on his site yet…

Speaking of Doll art, you know (sexy) fellow iDollator Stacy Leigh‘s photos of her gorgeous silicone roomies have been shown in another publication, right? This time round, she was interviewed for the July/August issue of Park, a French magazine (scroll to the bottom for the article). They gave her eight pages! Rock on, missy!

Speaking of print magazines, on domestic shores, the August issue of Penthouse features a very even-handed four-page write-up on Real-Dolls (needed another hyphen there), which means you can actually say you’re reading it for the articles… Better hurry up and grab it, cos you know how it is with print — it’s always one month ahead, and since it’s August as we speak, all the August issues out will magickally turn into September issues in a couple of days.

Speaking of August, Phoenix Studios once again meets another deadline! I’ve always loathed August for its excessive heat and humidity; thankfully, Miss August doesn’t reflect those qualities at all. And good on her.

And why would I be attracted to her? She looks
nothing at all like the Missus!

For a couple of seconds, I was kinda confused as to what seasonal event she was supposed to represent, until I twigged it — she’s dressed as a schoolgirl. School (in the States) starts in late August. Ah haaah. Very clever, Phoenix Studios; very clevair.

Speaking of seasons, Boy Toys in and of themselves look fab enough, but Phoenix Studios are pulling another innovation out of their hat(s) with the Boy Toy Seasons line, featuring Summer, Autumn, and Winter, and Spring. These lasses are super-limited edition (only fifty of each will be made), but on top of that, their faces fall in between the stylised qualities of the regular Boy Toy line, and the realistic look of regular RealDolls. Huh!

It’s Summer time (not to be confused
with ‘Hammer time’)

Aaand finally, blindly groping my way through Google, I spotted a website for an indie film entitled ‘Rubberheart‘.

It’s Tuesday and Maggie (Rebecca Hall) is on the prowl at her local hunting ground, the video store. Hapless video nerd Ted (Jake Sandvig) tries, as always, to curry favor with Maggie, but she needs more intrigue. She needs more of a man. Enter Nick (Josh Cooke). Maggie courts Nick while browsing the Tinto Brass collection. They go to Maggie’s to watch Salon Kitty and make love on the couch.

The morning after, Maggie wakes without the usual sense of dread that comes with a hangover and making small talk with a stranger who you’ve had mediocre sex with. They agree to see each other again.

After a few weeks of renting films and watching them at Maggie’s place until carnal pleasure interrupts, Nick invites Maggie to dinner at his house. When Maggie arrives, Nick has something to share…something that takes Maggie completely by surprise.

SPOILERS: He’s got three lovely RealDolls. Well, it’s not much of a spoiler, really; I mean, why else would I be writing about it?
I’ve contacted the director, Brian Crano, in an attempt to procure a copy of the film for review. It’s actually making the film festival rounds — it’s due to be shown at the Canary Wharf Film Festival later this month. Full details are, of course, available on the film’s site, so if you catch it, let me know! Well, let Brian know too, as I’m sure he’d appreciate it.

Whoo! That… was a lot of news in one go. I think I need a Djarum

Technorati tags: Kokoro Co. Ltd., Actroid, Kincho, Maidroid, Android, Gynoid, robots, Alex Sandwell Kliszynski, Stacy Leigh, Park Mag, Penthouse Magazine, Phoenix Studios, Boy Toy, Rubberheart, Brian Crano, RealDolls

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8 have spoken to “Any Synthetiks-related news, Davecat? (Aug 2008)”

  1. Mahtek writes:

    Those Boy Toys are oh so tempting!

    Cute as can be and only 65 lbs! And Summer has a hot, smoldering look to her.

    I must endevor to purchase only winning lottery tickets in the future.

  2. Kat writes:

    Wow, a female idollator. It seems there are not many of them, are there?

  3. SafeTinspector writes:

    Maibot looks fun, in the let’s go hang out with a synth sorta way.

    I will state what I’ve said before: Boy Toy dolls’ eyes are a bit too big, although I know what they’re going for.

    The human Barbie surrealist photo there is SWEET. Clicking to link to what else there may be…

  4. Euchre writes:

    Any idollator would have been able to figure out the movie surprise if they look at the credit (labeled: Creative) page on the site. They give ‘Abyss Creations’ credit as a producer…

  5. Mahtek writes:

    Ahh, a producer! Read that “He who gathers the money to make the film”. Or at least they donated the dolls, without which the film could not have been made.

  6. Davecat writes:

    Mahtekku –
    A lot of people seem to love those Boy Toy lasses! They have that crossover appeal — the realistic sexiness of most American-made Dolls, uniquely blended with the stylised cuteness of most Japanese-made Dolls. Matt certainly hit one out of the park when coming up with that idea…

    Kat –
    Unfortunately, there’s a dearth of female iDollators — ones that we know of, anyway. I mean, I can count the ones I know or knew on a hand and a half. You don’t have to be a lesbian to appreciate Dolls, but having bisexual leanings does help.

    There’s some complicated gender- and socio-politics always at work with being an iDollator, and even moreso with being a female iDollator. I’d address some of them now, but I’m about to get ready for work. 🙂 Maybe that would be good for a future post?

    I would hang out with the Maidroid! Hell, if I had the funds, I’d establish a maid cafe staffed solely by Maidroids! The endeavour would pay for itself in a week!

    Ahh, good eye. I didn’t notice that! Well, Abyss is certainly getting their name out there…
    Wonder what happened to those Dolls after the filming was wrapped up?

    Mahtek (again) –
    Abyss could’ve made and sold ‘rubber hearts’ as a promotional ploy. They kinda missed a trick, there. 🙂

  7. Laura writes:

    la Gina Banina’s pic freaks me out.

    Is it just me or does Ms August look like Cher?

  8. Davecat writes:

    Cher’s probably got more silicone in her than any Synthetik out there.
    Hmm. Taking that into consideration, she just got more attractive…

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